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Australian desperadoes, Terry Smyth

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Australian desperadoes
Title
Australian desperadoes
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Terry Smyth
Title variation
Australian desperadoes
Title variation remainder
the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The Coves - San Francisco's first organised-crime gang - were Australians- men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California. The gang's base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police - many of whom were in Stuart's pocket anyway - so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down. The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco - who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces - and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group. The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia. The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling
Summary
The Coves, San Francisco's first organized-crime gang, were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave--including robbery, murder, arson, and extortion--the likes of which America had never seen
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10680802
Cataloging source
ANL
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Smyth, Terry
Dewey number
364.1066
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Organised crimed
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Australians
  • Gangsters
  • Organised crime
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • San Francisco (California)
  • California
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorised California
Label
Australian desperadoes, Terry Smyth
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059859391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 310 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780143782377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)984149621
Label
Australian desperadoes, Terry Smyth
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059859391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 310 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9780143782377
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)984149621

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